Some prosecutors believe President Donald Trump will pose a flight risk after he leaves office on Jan. 20, given that he will likely face criminal charges, possibly related to his role in inciting the violent mob at the Capitol.
While the Senate remains unlikely to convict Trump of the charge of incitement of violence brought by the House in their articles of impeachment due to the number of sitting Republicans that would be required to switch sides, Trump could still face charges at a lower level — particularly as he loses his presidential immunity.
The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine said he’s considering charges of inciting violence against anyone who spoke at the precursory rally.
Trump spoke at the “Save America Rally” for more than an hour, during which he said: “All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats, which is what they’re doing and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up. We will never concede, it doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”
Washington’s U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin similarly said he would look at charging anyone who had a role” in the riots and did not rule out Trump as exempt.
Prior to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump was still facing two criminal and civil probes in New York related to the Trump Organization’s finances and possible bank fraud.
“He’s got money. He’s got property. He’s got access,” Douglas McNabb, a private attorney with expertise in international extradition defense, told the Washington Times. “The government would argue that he’s a flight risk.”
Trump publicly discussed potentially leaving the country in October if he lost to President-elect Joe Biden, but those musings were not directly tied to any criminal dealings.
Trump has a number of properties worldwide, including a hotel in the United Arab Emirates and an unfinished hotel project in Azerbaijan, both countries that don’t have extradition treaties with the United States.